Maria Candida Gentile Rrose Selavy ~ fragrance review

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“Rrose Sélavy, the feminine alter ego created by Marcel Duchamp, is one of the most complex and pervasive pieces in the enigmatic puzzle of the artist’s oeuvre. She first emerged in portraits made by the photographer Man Ray in New York in the early 1920s, when Duchamp and Man Ray were collaborating on a number of conceptual photographic works. Rrose Sélavy lived on as the person to whom Duchamp attributed specific works of art, Readymades, puns, and writings throughout his career. By creating for himself this female persona whose attributes are beauty and eroticism, he deliberately and characteristically complicated the understanding of his ideas and motives.” 1

The name “Rrose Sélavy,” interpreted/translated in at least two ways: “Eros, c’est la vie” (eros, that’s life) and “Arroser la vie” (to drink to life or, more sensually, to moisten life, as in arousal), is niche perfumer Maria Candida Gentile’s toast to Marcel Duchamp and his female (drag) creation, Rrose Sélavy. As perfume inspirations go, it’s intriguing and FUN — just like Gentile’s Elephant & Roses idea…

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Grace by Grace Coddington ~ fragrance review

Grace Coddington drawing

Way back in 2009, my friend A. and I went to see “The September Issue,” a documentary film about Vogue magazine and its influential (and infamous) editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour. If you’d grabbed me on the way out of the theater and asked me to review the film in one line, I’d have said, “Go for Anna, but stay for Grace.” Grace Coddington, creative director of Vogue, was the movie’s surprise star — she impressed us with her imagination and her commitment to her work and she reminded us why we’re bewitched and inspired by fashion despite ourselves.

Coddington (now Vogue’s Creative Director at Large) has just collaborated with Comme des Garçons on a fragrance called Grace by Grace Coddington. This scent was inspired by Coddington’s “love of English roses”…

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Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa Excelsa ~ fragrance review

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa Excelsa

Dolce & Gabbana has just launched Dolce Rosa Excelsa, a new floral fragrance for women. Dolce Rosa Excelsa is the second flanker to 2014’s Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana, following 2015’s Dolce Floral Drops. This time around, the bottle is blush pink with a deep red cap. The rose-inspired fragrance includes top notes of neroli leaves, papaya flower, white water lily and white daffodil; heart notes of Turkish rose and African Dog rose; and base notes of musk, cashmeran and sandalwood.

This happens again and again, and I never learn. Some upscale fashion brand releases a new rose fragrance, and I get my hopes up, despite the accumulated experience of the past decade, and then I try it and I’m disappointed…

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Friday scent of the day 4/15

old fashioned roses

Friday! Plus, Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday and World Art Day. Our community project for today: we’re wearing rose for What’s in a name, part 1 (“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet”).

What fragrance did you pick? As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you’re not participating in the community project.

I’m in Une Rose by Frédéric Malle. I smell pretty much perfect.

Reminder: on 4/22 we’re doing What’s in a name, part 2 — we’ll be wearing “misnamed” fragrances…

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Elie Saab Le Parfum Rose Couture ~ fragrance review

Elie Saab Le Parfum Rose Couture advert

Maybe it’s spring and its buddy “spring cleaning,” or maybe it’s my wasted state of mind from doing taxes, but I’m feeling the “get it done” attitude. Let’s skip the usual framing about rose or flankers or budding leaves or whatever and jump right into a review of Elie Saab Le Parfum Rose Couture:

The facts: Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian developed Le Parfum Rose Couture. The notes listed in its initial press materials include peony, silken petals (whatever that is), rose, vanilla, jasmine, sandalwood and patchouli…

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